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President of UNEP's Governing Council on International Day for Biological Diversity President of UNEP's Governing Council on International Day for Biological Diversity
20/ 05/ 2011
Every year, on 22 May, we celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity, proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations eleven years ago to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity, with the objective to raise awareness of issues related to biodiversity
No place to land: Loss of natural habitats threatens migratory birds globally No place to land: Loss of natural habitats threatens migratory birds globally
12/ 05/ 2011
The loss, fragmentation and degradation of natural bird habitats is occurring globally and is mainly caused by the pressures resulting from a growing human population, rapid urbanization and unsustainable human use of natural areas
Humanity Can and Must  Do More with Less: UNEP Report Humanity Can and Must Do More with Less: UNEP Report
12/ 05/ 2011
By 2050, humanity could consume an estimated 140 billion tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass per year - three times its current appetite - unless the economic growth rate is "decoupled" from the rate of natural resource consumption.
Financial leaders call for investor-friendly forest-carbon market Financial leaders call for investor-friendly forest-carbon market
06/ 05/ 2011
The forestry-based carbon market's value holds the potential to grow to $10+ billion USD by 2020, according to The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB), while that of total forest ecosystem goods and services is estimated at $5 trillion USD
UN targets widely-used pesticide endosulfan for phase out UN targets widely-used pesticide endosulfan for phase out
03/ 05/ 2011
Representatives from 127 governments have agreed to add endosulfan to the United Nations' list of persistent organic pollutants to be eliminated worldwide.
Calls to better manage natural resources on 50th anniversary of Sierra Leone's independence Calls to better manage natural resources on 50th anniversary of Sierra Leone's independence
27/ 04/ 2011
Celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Sierra Leone's independence resonated with strong calls to protect, conserve and manage the country's precious natural resources.
Renewed optimism following year of harsh environmental realities for Haiti Renewed optimism following year of harsh environmental realities for Haiti
21/ 04/ 2011
The stark environmental challenges in Haiti during 2010 and opportunities for a more sustainable future are presented in a new UNEP publication.
Asian snake trade focus of discussions in China Asian snake trade focus of discussions in China
18/ 04/ 2011
Better scientific information and closer supervision of captive breeding facilities are crucial for addressing the conservation and sustainability aspects of the Asian snake trade, according to participants at a major workshop in China.
Business leaders debate Green Economy in Paris Business leaders debate Green Economy in Paris
14/ 04/ 2011
Some 200 representatives from business and industry, governments and civil society gathered in Paris this week to debate the transition to a green economy.
Media Advisory - Green Economy Symposium: Accelerating the Transition Media Advisory - Green Economy Symposium: Accelerating the Transition
11/ 04/ 2011
The idea of a Green Economy is fast becoming a key component of mainstream economic discourse and is seen as the blueprint for a transition to a more efficient and equitable economy that makes better use of natural resources to achieve sustainable growth.

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